Sunday, October 19, 2008

I am actually going gray now.


I am 31. I stood in the dressing room at J Crew today and started... inspecting. (Don't you all do that? That "Hey, while I am in this really bad light squeezing my cheesy thighs into this pencil skirt built for co-ed's body, why don't I stand here and look at all the things that might be wrong with me" once-over.)

Today it wasn't 2 or 6 or 16 gray hairs. It was a patch of grey up top... like they were assembling to plan the coup. Fuckers.

So whereas I used to color my hair to, you know, darken it a bit, keep it from being so mousey, coloring my hair is now officially yet another JOB that I have. Just what I needed.

I recently started using Clairol Perfect 10, which is perfect for me, since I HATE GOING TO THE SALON. You can do the whole deal in the shower instead of that horrible 25 minute wait with the shit dripping all over the place. Magic. Seriously.

For the record, when my hair gets as gray as the woman in the photo, I will do as she does and just rock it. Cuz that is magnificent hair. And it will be mine one day, this I know. (Thanks, mom.)

29 comments:

hello gorgeous said...
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Kwana said...

oh damn.

stljoie said...

Having been there and not done that (dyeing) let me tell you that the process of graying can be very dramatic. I never received so many comments as when my hair started greying.

Ivy Lane said...

I just turned 44..sigh... let my hair go natural..starting to gray.. more compliments than ever...took 2 years to grow all the processed color...but thinking of all the cash I'll save staying au naturale! :)

Jules said...

Oh, I have you beat.

I'm close to 75% gray, but only in front and along my part. It was always so of there (1 or 2 hairs) but it exploded at about age 31-32. Total infiltration.

The best part, my gray hair doesn't hold color well. I have to get it colored every 4 weeks, but I hate to spend so much money on my hair so I push it to 6 weeks. It's why I started wearing bangs. Hides the great better.

the quarter rat said...

One of the hottest women I know went grey in her teens. And I saw this really hot cougar lady last week that made me write part (well, 2 verses) of a hair metal ballad. I could sing it next time you have the blogradio thing...

Full disclosure - I'm 41 and Katrina, the resulting career turmoil and years of NOLA-style partying have left me with greying hair. Fortunately I won the hair lottery, too.

But I'm dreading that first grey pube.

Sugar Fly Market said...

I've never seen a home dye job that out shown a salon one. I need to see yours to believe. Dear Decorno, please, you must come to one of my shows. antiques & design. curating all things old. I have that dresser w/ curvy legs that just needs a simple coat of black. and it has a beveled mirror to match...or not. Maybe I'll have one more tag sale before hunkering down for the winter & then I can see your lovely $9 locks.

Decorno said...

Well, I am sure you're right. But it's a matter of degrees. If I were attempting that weird zebra blond with 33 different shades of horrifically fake-looking streaks of platinum and honey, you're right, I would not be able to achieve that level of salon-i-ness at home. I just have dark brown hair, you see. And slapping a bunch of (virtually) the same color over it does beef up the shine. Nothing tricky here, just a bit of polish.

hello gorgeous said...

I had to delete my comment due to the part about carding. I hate when old people say things like that. :-)

I have no idea what else I was talking about (I have to quit commenting late at night).

I want to hear Quarter rRat's hair metal ballad.

I am usually not a fan of color in a box but my daughter colors hers all the time and usually it looks great. The products have changed.

The only thing I have ever done out of a box is when I was young, my mom used to PERM my hair. From a box. Much, much worse than any haircolor issue you can have.

Calirel said...

I think women with long and gray hair (like the one on the picture) are really classy ! I hope I will never have to cut my hair when older ! (I am 29 and no gray hair so far...) :-p / hugs.

lenny said...

hi there.

try looking into hennas or tints that pretty you up without killing you softly from all the harsh chemicals.

this website has some good products.
plus, they're not tested on animals.


http://www.aviva.ca/shop/product_sections.asp?catid=238

David said...

I hear ya sister. I'm getting grayer all the time, well, what's left on my head. I'm seriously considering just shaving it off. It seems to be working well for the boys here in Paris,

BTW, the flea at Vanves was wonderful. I totally could have filled a small container with things to bring back.

bmommy said...

Oh, I bet you still look wonderful! I can`t wait until my hair is really grey, so i can do the two streaks in front...

Decorina said...

I have red/blonde hair. Red hair doesn't go grey, it just loses all its color and starts growing out white. All at once. I can't wait. Not.

Anonymous said...

I treat my self to salon trips several times a year. I love it when they rub my head while washing my hair!

In between dye jobs, I use Nice 'n Easy's Root Touch Up. It is miraculous. Just pick the box that most closely matches your color, paint the roots with the dye, rinse and go. Don't ask me how, but it always matches the hair color exactly - and covers the grey. It'll buy you several weeks before you need to do the real deal.

Anonymous said...

Greying is COOL but it's hard to do if you're dyeing your hair now... it's hard to get a good blend. I noticed grey after I'd already been coloring my hair and I didn't want that scary line of demarcation.

Thanks for the tip on the Root Touch Up, anon.

My hair is blonde (dyed!) now but will be dark tonight (dyed!)

Valerie said...

david, try a temporary color and see how you like it.

Anonymous said...

David: You're in Paris? Stop reading blogs and get out there.

Anonymous said...

The model in the photo must have grayed prematurely.

Look at those beautiful full lips, young neck, no crow’s feet in sight, no mid-face droop, and lovely high eye brow arches.

Oh yes, she’s a beauty, but I can tell you the only thing this reader has in common with her is the hair color.

JJ said...

Do it! Go for it! I will coax and taunt you through it!

LindsB said...

Don’t feel bad, I have patches and patches of gray hairs and the patches are starting to grow together to form larger patches, ugg! Even my BF managed to notice them...and he’s a boy, he never notices anything!

s. said...

Hey, Decorina. I'm a redhead - a real one - as are 2 of my sisters and as was my late mother. Trust me. There are redheads who go white bit by bit, not all at once as you claim all redheads do.

My car has a sun roof that shines on the top of my head, thus illuminating the 5% or so hairs that are white as snow. I now keep tweezers in my glove compartment so that I can yank 'em out at red lights. This is the only way i know how to avoid the whole salon or box coloring debate...

Decorina said...

My mother's red hair just turned white and grew in all at once. She was a redhead, too, so that's why I posted that information. She never had a single grey or white hair before that.

erinfm said...

yeah I have to color my hair too. I have grey in my hair that just no amount of dyeing gets out so I get the splotchy strands. It's fetching. On the upside, I no longer get carded.

jen said...

I just have to say that that gray-haired bitch was actually at my bat mitzvah a few years ago! YES! And she's annoyingly gorgeous in person and NO I'm not a few years older than 13 (it was an adult bat mitzvah class).

Anyway, what I'm saying is she was silver but she was a FOX. Why can't you be one??

Emily Johnston | EJ Interiors said...

I am 26, found a gray hair not too long ago (tried to tell myself it was blonde- although I am a brunette) and wanted to cry- ran straight to Ulta and bought some hair dye :)

Anonymous said...

My sister and I started going grey in our 20's and neither of us have ever dyed our hair. It all seemed rather pointless and inevitable at that point. One day a man brought his wife up to us at a market and told us that we looked beautiful with our grey hair and could we talk to his wife and tell her not to dye her hair. It's not for everybody, but it sure made us feel good. (Like the model in your photo, just make sure you have a good cut, especially if it's long!)

Meg said...

Color your hair. Absolutely. But do it because you love the color it gives you, not because you want to hide something- the same way that you should buy a dress (or a pair of really, really vampy heels) because you love the way you feel in it, not because it draws attention away from [what you think are] your trouble spots. Sorry to be lecture-y and strident. I just had to say it (the need to speak out: probably exacerbated by a glass of wine and long day). Also: yup. I have early-stage skunk stripes (think a mexican girl pepe le peu), and it is incredibly hard not to run screaming to the salon or coloring aisle.

Down Comforter said...

sorry cant beat you
good luck with grey hair